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, everyone, from newtown, connecticut, a small town, virtually unknown until yesterday when it became the scene of one of the worst mass killings in american history. i'm don lemon. let me pass on some new developments that have come just this evening. the father of the alleged shooter, we've heard from. peter lanza released a statement, part of it says, quote, our family is grieving along with all those who have been affected by this enormous tragedy. no words can truly express how heartbroken we are. he is the father of adam lanza. this is a picture of him from just a few years ago. he is now 20 years old who police say walked into an elementary school yesterday and just started shooting. 20 children, all of them 6 or 7 years old, were killed. six adults, teachers and staff, including the principal, they're all dead now, too. the shooter killed himself. this is where police are trying to answer all the questions. they're trying to answer the questions why. the lanza home, not far from the school. it's also where the suspected shooter's mother was found dead as well. today, the fathe
the morning off. with the nation still reeling from the shooting massacre in newtown, connecticut, and engaged in a national debate on gun control, chicago suffered a grim milestone last night, a man was killed in a shooting on chicago's dangerous west side. this scene marks chicago's 500th homicide this year alone. that's up more than 50 from last year. now when we're researching this story this morning, one statistic really jumped out at us. in the past five years, 270 children have been killed by gun violence in chicago. on top of that, there have been dozens of other people injured. cnn's ted rowlands rode along with two chicago police officers earlier this year to get a firsthand look what it's like on the streets of chicago. here is his report. >> there's a couple places i want to check out. >> reporter: it's a friday night on the streets of chicago in theening. wood neighborhood. joe patterson and leo schmidt have been cops here for 26 years. >> we go around the blocks, what you do is you scan everything and when they see they're a policeman if they're doing something wrong or got a gun
this morning. >> thank you. >>> this morning, more grief and new details in newtown, connecticut. friends of the killer's mother said she spent her final days at the a luxury resort in new hampshire. she returned thursday night and hours later her son killed her, then launched that deadly rampage at the school. >>> one idea being floated by some politicians at the state and federal level is to allow teachers to be armed and trained to confront a school shooter like adam lanza. we talked a lot about this in "the newsroom" and it ignited a firestorm on my facebook page and passionate conversation across the country. the passion of this man whose granddaughter is the same age as many of the newtown victims. >> i have a 5-year-old granddaughter and thank god she goes to school at a private kindergarten in text it text where the staff are armed, and i feel a lot better knowing that. she's not going to die under a desk waiting to be executed. >> but critics of the idea are just as adam ant as supporters. the president of the illinois education association joins me now by phone from springfield,
held in may but was changed to today in response to the connecticut school shootings nearly two weeks ago. we'll talk about that buyback program with the los angeles antonio villaraigosa in about 45 minutes. >>> do you have the right to know if your neighbor owns a gun? a new york newspaper says yes. it posted the gun permits in new york counties. each red dot represents a person who has a gun permit. police -- people whose names were posted on this site they're not very happy. we did reach out for a statement from the newspaper, it sent us one "the massacre in newtown, connecticut, remains at top-of-mind for many of our readers. our readers are understandably and keenly interested to know about who owns guns in their neighborhoods." joining me to talk about this is job than lowey, legal director for the brady center to prevent gun violence. good morning, jonathan, how are you? >> good morning, carol. >> thanks for joining us. to be clear you are for gun control so everybody knows. so this newspaper who decided to publish the names of people who own gun permits, do you think it should
to the connecticut school massacre. >>> if you live in los angeles and own a gun, today is the day to exchange it for a gift card. the buyback is being conducted by the l.a. police department, usually held in may. but this year, it's being held ahead of schedule in response to the massacre at the elementary school in connecticut. los angeles mayor toantonio villaraigosa told us that many people want things to change. >> i'm supporting senator feinstein's assault weapons ban. we have one in california. for those of us who got to watch the nra commercial last week, the notion that more guns in the hands of good people will prevent gun crimes just isn't borne out by the facts. >> $100 gift cards are being offered for handguns, rifles and shotguns. up to $200 in gift cards for assault weapons. paul vercammen is live in los angeles. our latest poll shows that 37% of americans want major restrictions on guns. does this mean today's buyback may see more than the usual response after the recent school shooting? >> reporter: we'll have to see about that. certainly the city of los angeles is hoping so.
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